Women court arrest in Jammu over Amarnath land row

August 19th, 2008 - 5:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Aug 19 (IANS) Peace might have returned to the Kashmir valley after eight days of protests on the Amarnath land row but the issue continued to fester in Jammu with several thousand women banging on the gates of police stations here on the second day of their “court arrest” agitation Tuesday.Women marched in their hundreds from almost all parts of Jammu to court arrest. They forced their way into the Pacca Danga and Gandhi Nagar police stations, even as the personnel posted there appeared helpless before the sheer numbers confronting them.

Clapping and chanting religious slogans, the women said that they would continue with the agitation till the plot under dispute was given to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

The state government had transferred a 40-hectare plot to the SASB but later withdrew the transfer following protests in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir valley. The revocation ignited an agitation in the Hindu majority Jammu region.

On Monday, several thousand men had courted arrest. While official estimates put the number at 75,000, the Sri Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti placed it at 300,000.

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